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Women's Squash Eclipses Georgetown, Falls to Dickinson

Maddie Hager
Maddie Hager

HAVERFORD, Pa. -  The Haverford Women's Squash team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the GIAC Squash Courts, falling 9-0 to No. 18 Dickinson before returning in the afternoon to take down No. 31 Georgetown by a final score of 6-3. Haverford's record sits at 5-8 after the split.

 #18 Dickinson 9, #30 Haverford 0

The Fords ran into a tough opponent in the Red Devils, but Isabelle Gotuaco, Maddie Hager and Sunyoung Chai each had strong first games against their opponents from Dickinson, which each Ford taking the games to extra points before falling 12-10. Hager had perhaps the strongest challenge of the morning against Eloise Nimoityn, falling 12-10, 11-7, 11-8.

#30 Haverford 6, #31 Georgetown 3

The Fords rebounded in the late afternoon match. Gotuaco swept past Elle Santry (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) at the second spot on the ladder while Maddie Hager made quick work of Caroline Johnston (11-3, 11-8, 11-3). Brooke Miller defeated Chai at number four but Haverford took a win by Tia Brown over Grace Alburger at the fifth position (12-10, 12-10, 11-8).  Jane Hopkins and Isa Sodi bested Sophia Jackson and Belen Madariaga at the seventh and eighth spots, respectively. 

Haverford found itself up 3-2, needing to win two of the last three matches remaining to claim victory. Kaitlin Reese delivered a win over Mady Forbess at the top flight (8-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-6), rebounding after dropping the first game to put the Fords on the brink of victory.

Olivia Franco clinched the match for the Fords, rallying from a third game loss to overcome Kaitlin Hughes at the sixth position (11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6). Stephanie Lukez then defeated Meghan Zorc (11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9) in a five-game battle at the ninth spot on the ladder as each of the three matches were exceptionally close, back-and-forth affairs that provided for some tense moments as the match hung in the balance in the final grouping.

Haverford has now won three straight regular season matches against the Hoyas, dating back to the 2016 season. With the win against Georgetown, senior co-captain Isabelle Gotuaco now has 33 career wins. The total places her in a tie for third in program history with Samara Flug '15. The program record of 38 is held by Rachel Kaplan '99.

Gotuaco will look to climb up the all-time wins list as Haverford will wrap up the regular season at home on Senior Day as the program honors seniors Gotuaco, Franco and Grace Fioramonti-Gorchow.

The Senior Day matches will take place on Saturday, February 10 against No. 33 Boston College and No. 32 Bucknell. Haverford will then head to the CSA Team Championships at Harvard from February 16-18.